Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Australian gov't rejects landmark UN climate change report

Australian gov't rejects landmark UN climate change report

In these climate change "hotspots" - prone to droughts and floods - local warming and drying will be greater than the global average.

Melissa Price, the federal Environment Minister, said the government would consider the IPCC report, saying the government "is committed to the Paris Agreement and takes its global obligations seriously".

The Labor party has capitalised on the IPCC report and used it to demonstrate the their view that the Coalition isn't unified on its' approach to climate change and that more conservative elements of the party are undermining the Government's ability to put forward sensible policy in regards to emissions reduction.

"It's only when clean energy gets as cheap as that from coal-fired power stations, will India, for instance - which clearly needs more power - leapfrog to clean energy".

She says questions about phasing out coal should be instead be directed at the federal government, which will not renew or replace the Renewable Energy Target when it lapses in 2020.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it is an "ear-splitting wake-up call to the world". He has been historically dismissive of climate science, calling it "bullshit" and a "hoax" before he was elected.

The IPCC report states that the hottest days of summer in mid-latitudes could increase by 4°C under a 2°C global increase, suggesting that heat waves here in southern BC could easily reach 44°C.

"From 2005 to 2017, U.S. CO2-related emissions declined by 14 percent while global energy-related Carbon dioxide emissions rose by 21 percent during the same time", White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walter said, according to The Hill.

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"Today we have underlined again that the European Union will continue to lead the way in global action on climate action. But we also show with high confidence that climate -resilient trajectories at 1.5°C are possible and feasible, requiring transformative visions from a range of people to lead to a sustainable future for all".

Already renewable technologies, which have benefited from subsidies, are becoming cheaper than conventional coal-fired power generation, a trend likely to continue.

According to the Department of the Environment and Energy, black and brown coal generated about 62 per cent of Australia's electricity in 2016-17.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the "lights would go out on the east coast of Australia" if coal was phased out.

Greenhouse gas emissions have climbed 1.3% to their highest quarterly levels in eight years, the latest data reveals, something Ms Price says has been largely driven by increased volumes of LNG production.

According to the Global Coal Plant Tracker, China now has 957 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power operating - more than four times India's 219 GW.

"When it comes to coal, Australia is the world's biggest drug dealer." he said.

Both countries would also see an increase in dry days.

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